ILWACO Pamela Schiltz, 63, passed away unexpectedly in her sleep the morning of April 23, 2012, in Ilwaco, two days after she had her first treatment of Tysabri®, taken with the hopes of improving her quality of life.
Pamelas powerful spirit was expressed through her intensely personal paintings.
She struggled her entire life, born in Oct. 27, 1948, in Detroit, Mich., to Dr. George Fritz and Ruth Banker Fritz. Her mother died tragically in an automobile accident on Mothers Day 1952. She was left with two sisters, Sandal Banker of Ilwaco (who passed away October) and Robin Markham of Nahcotta.
Pamela was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis (MS) in the prime of her painting career. She first moved from Chicago, where she was married to Robert Schiltz, an artist who fostered her painting, to Vashon Island, and then she moved once more to the Peninsula to be closer to her sisters.
She will be lovingly remembered by those she leaves behind, including her sisters: Robin, Anne, Joan and Marybeth; a brother, George; her caregiver, Debbie; her former husband, Robert; several nieces, nephews, dear friends and her cherished dog, Boo-Boo.
Like the rest of her sisters, Pamela loved the mystical atmosphere of the Peninsula and was truly grateful and felt blessed to live in such a beautiful part of the world.